Study title and authors:
Effect of vegetarian diets on bone mineral density: a Bayesian meta-analysis
This study can be accessed at: http://www.ajcn.org/content/90/4/943.abstract
The aim of the study was to estimate the effect of vegetarian diets on bone mineral density (BMD) by using a meta-analytic approach. Nine studies of 2749 subjects (1880 women and 869 men) were included in the analysis.
The study found:
(a) Overall, bone mineral density was 4% lower in vegetarians than in omnivores at both the femoral neck and the lumbar spine.
(b) Compared with omnivores, vegans had a significantly lower lumbar spine bone mineral density (6% lower).
To conclude: The study suggests that vegetarian diets, particularly vegan diets, are associated with lower bone mineral density.
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|Food Mall: Ground Beef|
1 bunch kale, tough stems removed and chopped finely in a food processor
1/2 red onion, finely diced
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
Black pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 375, mix all ingredients together by hand and form into meatballs a little larger than golf balls. Fry the meatballs in a large skillet in coconut oil until all sides are browned. Move into a glass baking dish, cover tightly with tin foil and finish in the oven for 20 minutes.